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New Chief for GM Freeze Greater Manchester based communications specialist heads up national campaign group

Immediate release (5 Mar 2014)

Press contact: Liz O’Neill tel: 0845 217 8992 email: liz@gmfreeze.org

GM Freeze, the UK’s coalition of organisations and individuals concerned about genetically modified (GM) food, crops and patents, has appointed Liz O’Neill as its new Director.

Liz was Head of Communications at the Vegetarian Society, one of the few national charities to have its headquarters in Greater Manchester, for more than eleven years before taking up her new post on 3 February. She joins the campaign, which began as the Five Year Freeze in 1999, at a very busy time and has already made the organisation’s case on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and commented on a number of issues in the national press.

GM Freeze Chair Helena Paul hopes that the appointment will support the organisation in meeting increased public demand for clear, relevant information about GM food and farming, cloning for food and GM animals in the food chain:

The core issues at the heart of our concern about GM haven’t changed, but the political climate has. Now more than ever we need to help people understand the very real scientific, environmental and socio-economic reasons why we continue to call for a moratorium on GM in our food and on our farms, as well as the sustainable alternatives.

Speaking about what the new role means to her personally Liz O’Neill said:

Although my professional experience lies largely in communications, I started adult life with a Biological Sciences degree so I am thrilled to be working for an organisation that takes a science-based approach to questioning the impacts of a technology that appears to promise much but has so far delivered far more problems than solutions.

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Notes to editors

GM Freeze is a not for profit campaign group supported by a wide alliance of organisations sharing the public’s deep concern about the speed at which genetic modification is being introduced into food and farming.

For further information, photos or to request an interview please contact Liz O’Neill on 0845 217 8992 or liz@gmfreeze.org